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Quincy Fire Dept. training to attack fires from the air

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

When fighting a fire from the ground just isn't enough, firefighters take to the air.

The Quincy Fire Department is undergoing specialized training this week, to make sure everyone is up to speed and ready to operate one of their two aerial trucks at any time.

The department says it typically only uses an aerial truck two or three times a year, so it's important that they keep themselves refreshed on how to run them. They say the need to fight a fire from above is rare, but necessary.

"An occasion where we would use the aerial truck is with obviously a fire above one story, or even a one story fire that we couldn't get into," said Firefighter Jerry Smith.  "We could set up the aerial and flow water from above, if the fire is vented, and we can put the water down through the vent area."

The training runs for three days this week, and every firefighter, lieutenant, and captain in the entire department must participate.

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